Weekends Away 2020/2021
When you are short on time and cannot plan that extended holiday, then choosing a weekend getaway is a great way to enjoy a refreshing short break. There are many destinations that cater to weekends away, so you can still enjoy a brief respite from daily life. Each destination presents something different, so it is useful to know not only where to go but how to best utilise the time you have available.
Our top five weekend destinations
This beautiful capital of the Netherlands is renowned for its canals and picturesque gabled houses, and spending a weekend here feels like stepping into another world. Rent a bike and explore the city’s lanes and waterways, take a cruise on the canals, or visit one of the many museums and art galleries such as the famous Rijksmuseum.
Often considered to be the city most synonymous with romance, high culture, and fashion, Paris is a city with so much more to experience. From massive monuments like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe to the historic Notre Dame Cathedral and the extensive art and antiques on display at the Louvre, a weekend in Paris will leave you longing for more.
Mixing its classic Catalan heritage with modern architectural marvels, Barcelona is a city that must be experienced to be believed. Check out the otherworldly architectural landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí such as Sagrada Família and Park Güell, explore the sights and sounds of Las Ramblas, experience medieval heritage in the Gothic Quarter, or relax on one of Barcelona’s many beaches.
With its renaissance-era palazzos overlooking a vast network of canals, the ancient city of Venice is one of the most unique places to visit. Exploring Venice is like stepping back into history, and the absence of cars will help you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere as you discover its ancient alleyways and stone bridges. Spend a day seeing the sights of St. Mark’s Square, and maybe take a scenic ride on a gondola.
Known as the city of a hundred spires, Prague’s mix of baroque, gothic and neoclassical feels straight out of a fairy tale. Whether exploring the medieval cobbled streets around Old Town, gazing at the picturesque Vltava River from Charles Bridge, or enjoying one of Prague’s famous beers, a weekend in Prague is an unforgettable experience.
Our best hotels for weekends away
Just five minutes on foot from Spaklerweg Station, this hotel is not only centrally located but offers an experience that is both luxurious and eco-friendly. Rooms are fitted with floor to ceiling windows to accentuate the natural lighting, providing a warm and inviting feel to your stay.
Located in the upmarket Batignolles area, this hotel is within walking distance of many popular districts in Paris like Montmartre and Champs-Élysées. All rooms feature modern comforts and interiors are decorated by local artists to give the hotel its unique, contemporary feel.
Situated in the Sants-Montjuïc neighbourhood, this renovated former palace offers a unique luxury experience not far from many popular bars, cafes, and museums. All rooms are stylishly furnished for maximum comfort, and the hotel features an extensive outdoor pool and spa facility.
Not far from St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, this hotel is in the trendy Dorsoduro district in Venice’s south. Each room in this refurbished 18th century palace combines traditional Venetian style with modern luxuries along with superb views of the canal and surrounding area.
Centrally located in Prague near Wenceslas Square, this hotel is tastefully decorated to complement the bohemian atmosphere of this area. All rooms are designed with space and comfort in mind for maximum luxury, in addition to a large outdoor terrace, restaurant and bar, plus movie area.
Planning your weekend break
The best time of the year for weekends away
It is recommended that you carefully consider the time of year your weekend getaway falls on to make sure you get the most out of your short break. Holiday weekends and peak season in the summer months will see larger crowds, hot weather, and higher prices. At the same time, weekend getaways during the peak season may offer unique experiences not available at other times. Shoulder and low seasons mean fewer crowds and better discounts, but shorter daylight hours may leave less time for sightseeing and activities.
How to reach your weekend destination
For all the destinations listed in this article, flights are available within Europe or from overseas. In addition, many European cities are connected by rail, and travel by train is an excellent way to see the countryside at a leisurely pace. Should you be driving to your destination, many hotels offer parking either onsite or at a nearby location.
Our practical advice for a weekend away
What to pack for a weekend getaway
- Seasonal clothing
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Swimming gear (for beaches, pools or sunbathing)
- Raincoats and umbrellas
- Power adapters
- Supplies and toiletries
What budget to plan
While you are unlikely to break the bank during your weekend stay, it is important to plan for any additional expenses such as food and entertainment. Many cities offer free activities, so it is wise to research what is available well before your journey. Discounts are frequently available for short weekend trips, and Voyage Privé members can get up to 70% off their stays at selected hotels.
Useful information before going on a weekend holiday
While you cannot be expected to know every relevant detail about the weekend destination you have chosen, it may come as an unwelcome surprise if you are unaware of specific details. Having a basic understanding of the languages spoken, the currency used, whether a power adapter is needed and any cultural sensibilities will ensure you gain full enjoyment and relaxation from your weekend getaway.